Durgesh Kumar is an Indian actor who is known for his role as Aadoo in the Hindi drama film Highway. He is a trained actor from the National School of Drama.
Durgesh Kumar was born on Sunday, 21 October 1984 ( age 38 years; as of 2022) in the Darbhanga district of Bihar. In 2001, Durgesh came to Delhi to pursue engineering to lead a stable life, however, he didn’t clear any engineering entrance test so he started doing theatre. Durgesh used to attend workshops in theatre and this led to his interest in acting. He performed in theatre for almost three years and did shows all over India from 2001 to 2013. He did a two-year diploma course at Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Delhi and later, pursued a three-year diploma course from the National School of Drama, Delhi. Durgesh has also done Hindi Hons from an open University named Ignou. In 2014, he moved to Mumbai to pursue his career in acting.
Picture of Durgesh Kumar from his theatre days
Height (approx.): 5’6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about Durgesh’s parents. He has one elder brother, who has supported him a lot during his struggling days n Delhi.
Wife & Children
Durgesh has two children a son and a daughter.
Durgesh Kumar with his children
In 2014, Durgesh made his acting debut in the Bollywood film Highway directed by Imtiaz Ali. He played the character of Aadoo and bagged the longer screentime and recognisable appearance in a supporting role.
Durgesh Kumar in the film Highway
He was seen in movies like Sultan (2016), Freaky Ali, Sanju (2018), Dhadak (2018), Dil Bechara (2020) and many more. Durgesh was also seen in short films like Bukhaar (2021) and Qadir .
In 2019, Durgesh made his OTT debut in the comedy web series Virgin Bhasskar in which he played the character of Batuknath. The series was released in ALT Balaji and ZEE5 on 19 November 2019. Later, he was seen in many web series like Bicchoo ka Khel, Serious Men, Candy etc. He received immense love from the audience for his role as Bhushan in the amazon prime web series Panchayat.
Durgesh Kumar in the Web Series Panchayat
- According to Durgesh, his family supported him a lot during his struggling period.
- Durgesh considers actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as his inspiration.
- Addressing the media about his character in Panchayat 2 Durgesh said that
Doing small roles in various web series, is on cloud nine after the release of Panchayat 2. “I am actually surprised as my character of Bhushan or Banrakas has become such a hit. In fact, when I was performing I had no idea people would love it so much. I give full credit to the writer and director of Panchayat 2 for creating Banrakas”
- Before joining the National School of Drama, Durgesh had performed in almost 35 theatre plays. Durgesh was also the part of repertory Company of the National School of Drama, through which he got a chance to work in the Hindi film Highway.
- Durgesh is not active on social media platforms.
- Durgesh enjoys reading books in his leisure time. The book Hamlet by Shakesphere William is one of his favourite books.
- In 2021, during the pandemic, Durgesh was part of the show eco-warriors where he talked about Corona and the environmental problems.
- Apart from reading books Durgesh also enjoys cooking in his free time.
- Durgesh is an active member of Aranya theatre.